Check out this artwork by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami who is regarded as the Andy Warhol of Japan. His previous works include the Louis Vuitton purse collection which became the most bootlegged purses in history. The art seen here is a project which Murakami is heading for Kanye WestÃ¢Â€Â™s upcoming release Graduation. Murakami will be art directing the whole album which is scheduled to drop late summer.
The boutique Union first opened in NYC back in 1989 when the term “streetwear” didn’t exist. It was one of the first shops of its kind that catered to what we call “streetwear”. Since then, Union has expanded to another shop in LA and soon they will be opening their third shop once again in NYC. For the opening, there will be several tees produced by various brands including Stussy, Neighborhood, W)Taps, Undefeated, 10 Deep and Accupulco Gold. The one you see here will be the one created by the artist KAWS.
The new shop will be opened this Friday, May 18th at 176 Spring St.
For more information about the history of Union, head over to Paul Mittleman’s blog.
Thanks to Rob Heppler from Weekly Drop, we have a look at some footage of the performances by Bun B, Kay Slay, Papoose and Talib Kweli which took place at the Alife Sessions on May 12th. You can find more videos after the jump or more coverage of the event here.
Over at the online shop of Hong Kong’s East Touch Magazine, readers are given the chance to purchase products both new and vintage placed by employees within the company. The latest items in the shop includes new items from the X-Laugh toy collaboration. This collection includes a toy figure named X-Laugh, a matching t-shirt, and trucker cap which comes in different colors representing different releases. The white version of the toy which will be released on May 20th, 2007 for $599 HKD will be only made available for fans in Hong Kong and China. Along with the toy, the t-shirt ($599 HKD) and trucker cap ($549) will be released on the same day priced. There will be an additional figure done in all black that will be made available for people in the US and Japan. The black t-shirt and trucker cap set is available at the East Touch Magazine online store. Adding more excitement to this project comes two more collaborations which includes an orange/white version of the figure with the label Maharishi and an all blue version with the boutique Colette. All the figures and specialty products will be released in limited quantity, so be sure to act quick on these wonderful items.
Image: East Touch
Adidas will release this Stars pack, a set of three classic sneakers (Decade Low not pictured) from the archive. The high-top model is a Metro Attitude, a basketball shoe that debuted in the 80s, and the Oregon Runner is a silhouette that was produced in 1982. The leather uppers both get modern-day face-lifts with stars present throughout both shoes. They will become available in July at adidas originals stores for $120, and $100 respectively. See more pictures after the jump.
Staple Design is into their third delivery for the 10th Anniversary of Staple Design’s items. The upcoming line up of collaboration artists for the theme of anagram’s include Phunk Studio (Oriental/Relation), Matzu (Aides/Ideas), Kenki Hirata (Staple/Petals), Peter Sutherland (Staple/Pastel) and Stina Persson (Secured/Seducer). These tees should start rolling into stores in the near future.
Image: Jeff Staple